December 16, 2011 Leave a comment
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and Gas Safe Charity are launching a major new programme to raise awareness of the “silent killer” – carbon monoxide – which will see 10,000 families receiving a free CO detector and many more receiving safety information.
The “Be Gas Safe” programme (www.carbonmonoxidesafety.org.uk) aims to make people aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) and the steps that can be taken to prevent CO poisoning, such as the need for regular servicing of fuel-burning appliances, good ventilation and the use of audible CO detectors.
Organisations that have regular and direct contact with key risk groups (particularly families with young children and older people) are now being sought to become local partners to help deliver the programme across England. Priority will be given to organisations in areas where there has been a higher incidence of carbon monoxide poisoning per head of population.
Each year in England and Wales, there are approximately 50 accidental deaths, 200 non-fatal poisonings that require hospital admission and 4,000 visits to A&E that result from CO poisoning*. Children and older people are particularly at risk.